The following people contribute to this blog on a regular basis:
From an academic background in English literature and poetry, Tia succeeded in property sales before moving to technical writing, software testing and QA and Documentation Management. She has lived in five countries and worked for large, medium-sized and new companies, creating offline and online writing products and instituting systems for team management and product delivery. She is now a freelance web consultant and digital facilitator, helping writers to develop an effective online presence. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. Tia’s personal blog of poetry and other musings is TiaTalk at http://tiatalk.wordpress.com
Gareth Howell is a Lecturer in Digital Media at De Montfort University and Research Fellow at the IOCT. He was a founding member of Digital Arts organization Active Ingredient and the new media platform event trampoline. He was also the director of the game cultures festival Screenplay. Gareth joined DMU from Loughborough University, where he was a Research Associate at the Animation Academy. During this time, he became interested in the relationship between comics and animation, digital narrative and participatory culture. Recently he set up and is managing the TRG Ning social network at http://transliteracy.ning.com. He is blogging via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/athousandtinypieces, and tweeting at @garethdoodles
Anietie Isong is a PhD student at the IOCT. His research examines African writers and the internet. Anietie is also a fiction writer and public relations practitioner. He has won a Commonwealth Short Story Award and an Oluadah Equiano Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Farafina, Spirit of the Commonwealth, In Posse Review, and Okike. Anietie is a participating poet in the UNESCO-supported project ‘Dialogue among Civilisations.’ His work has also been broadcast on the BBC. Anietie’s recent short story Devotion is included in a new anthology Roads Ahead edited by Catherine O’Flynn for Tindal Street Press. http://anietiewrites.blogspot.com/
Jess Laccetti was born in Italy and educated in Italy, Canada and England. She is currently lecturing at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta after a stint as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) at De Montfort University, England. The IOCT is also where Jess started with her Ph.D thesis, “New Media Stories: Interactivity, Feminism and Narrative in New Media” which examines web fictions within a narrative and feminist theoretical context. Consequently she calls for a widening of certain narratological concepts such as “mimesis,” “communication” and “temporality.” Although Jess has lectured on a variety of topics, she specialises in new media and creative technologies. Her work has been published on and offline and Jess has presented papers in the U.K., Europe and Canada. However, when Jess isn’t embroiled in new media research or pedagogy, she is acting as social media consultant and facilitating connections and broadening reach. Connect with Jess via her musings www.jesslaccetti.co.uk/musings.htm or on twitter @JessL.
Kirsty McGill is the Creative Director of communications and training firm TConsult Ltd. As part of this diverse role, Kirsty delivers professional blogging and event amplification services for conferences, creative uses of social media for business firms and specialist English tuition. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, Kirsty has a keen focus on translating the narratives of the physical world into the digital, where they are sometimes lost. This is best demonstrated by her model for an online guided tour LiveGuide. She is currently writing Mixed Blessings, a collection of short multimedia pieces examining the ways in which Christians use the internet to explore and live out their faith. http://www.custardether.co.uk
Souvik Mukherjee is an independent researcher working on digital game narratives. Besides his reearch on videogames, Souvik has also been involved in analysing the impact of social media projects on communities, especially in relation to transliteracy and business innovation., as a research fellow in the Film, Media and Journalism department of De Montfort University. He completed his PhD on storytelling in New Media, especially focusing on videogame narratives, from Nottingham Trent University and has published and presented papers on a range of related topics. Besides New Media, Souvik also takes a keen interest in e-learning and has been involved in analysing online media and virtual learning network usage in a higher education framework. After completing his project at DMU, he has returned to India, where he hails from, to develop New Media research networks. Souvik muses about his research on his blog Ludus ex Machina and tweets as @prosperoscell
Bobbi is dedicated to helping libraries find their place in the digital age. She is passionate about 21st century literacies and the role of all libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. Her professional interests include digital and technology based services, the digital divide, and improving existing services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices. On the personal side, she is on a never-ending quest for the perfect pair of shoes. Bobbi was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2011. Her professional involvements and accomplishments include founding and coordinating the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project. She is a frequent caller on T is for Training and a contributing editor and advocate at Library Renewal. In 2010 she co-founded Transliteracy Interest Group, LITA, ALA and served as Chair from 2010-2011. Bobbi co-founded and writes for the Libraries and Transliteracy Project. She was recently appointed as the LITA representative on the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force and serves as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and on the OITP Advisory Committee. She shares her passions by consulting and speaking at local, national, and international conferences. She writes at Librarian by Day and Libraries and Transliteracy and lives in the USA.
Kate Pullinger is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. She writes both in print and new media. Her most recent novels include The Mistress of Nothing (2009, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), A Little Stranger (2006), Weird Sister (1999) and the short story collection My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison (1997). Her digital fiction projects include her multiple award-winning collaboration with Chris Joseph on ‘Inanimate Alice’, a multimedia episodic digital fiction – www.inanimatealice.com – and ‘Flight Paths’ – www.flightpaths.net – a networked novel, created on and through the internet. http://www.katepullinger.com/blog
Sue Thomas is Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Her most recent book is the cyberspace travelogue ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality‘ (2004). Other publications include the novels ‘Correspondence‘ (short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992) and ‘Water’ (1994). She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre in 1995 where she was Artistic Director until 2005. Her research interests include transliteracy, social media, and transdisciplinarity. She is currently writing Nature and Cyberspace: Stories, Memes and Metaphors, a study of the relationships between cyberspace and the natural world. http://www.suethomas.net/ Twitter @suethomas
Christine Wilks is a digital writer and artist who creates rich-media works for the web at www.crissxross.net and engages in collaborative remixing at www.remixworx.net. She also designs and creates e-learning experiences with www.makeithappen.org.uk. Her digital fiction, ‘Underbelly’, won the MaMSIE Digital Media Competition 2011 and the New Media Writing Prize 2010 at Poole Literary Festival. Her work is published in online journals and anthologies, including the ‘Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2’, ‘Hyperrhiz, Issue 8’ and ‘Third Hand Plays’ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Blog. She has presented her work at international festivals, conferences and arts events, including Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism 2011, Electronic Literature Organisation Conference 2010, e-Poetry 2009, Electronic Literature in Europe 2008 and Interactive Futures 2007. She graduated from the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media at DMU in 2008. Before becoming engrossed in the web, she made short films, videos, installations and wrote screenplays.